Birch Trees Table Runner

Paintstik & Stencil Birch Trees

We can always use a little inspiration in our lives. Karen Nickelson just sent me photos of the Birch Trees Table Runner that she created using Paintstiks and the Aspen Tree Stencil. Karen started with White Cotton Fabric, so the Trees would be White. Then used the 12 x 12 inch Aspen Tree Stencil, Brushes, Matte Purple Sage, Payne’s Gray, Iridescent Charcoal, Brown and Pearl White for her creation.

Aspen Tree Stencil showing part one.

Painter’s Tape and Sticky Note Update

The Background was painted in as shown above. Don’t worry if you get paint in the highlights of the Birch Trees. If you look at the two photos below, pretend that the background is painted. Painter’s Tape has been run down the side of the tree, you can now us the Payne’s Gray or Black to paint in the highlights the tape will keep you from getting over-spray on the background. I also use Sticky Notes to help keep my hand from smearing the background while I am doing the highlights. Sticky Notes also help to mask off around those little tiny spots on the branches.

Building the Birch Tree Grove

Karen decided that she did not want to do individual 12 x 12 squares and then sew the squares together. Instead she made the trees appear to be a large grove of Birch Trees. Painters tape and sticky notes became her new best friend.

Aspen Tree Stencil showing two parts

How to Quilt the Birch Tree Table Runner?

It is always fun when I get to consult on a project. I know that sometimes I just need a second set of eyes to take a look. I received a couple of photos that said “1/4 pop of color Brown or Purple?”. The Purple strip just made it sing.

Birch Tree Table Runner Ready for Quilting.

Finished Birch Tree Table Runner

Machine quilted just enough to give it depth and texture to the Table Runner. I love how the background color goes from Light at the bottom (foreground) to dark for the deep background. You can really see all of the branch details.

Completed Birch Tree Table Runner

Close Up

I always like to include a close up photo, that way you can see the details easier. A fair amount of blending going on, so the the color change is gradual seamless. Painters Tape was placed up the side of the tree so the Payne’s Gray detail could be added, using the smallest Stencil Brush. I love how the same stencil can be used and look entirely different. Four Seasons Example. You can fond all of the supplies at Marbled Arts

Details of Birch Tree Table Runner.

Four Seasons

Four_SeasonsFour Seasons is a paintstik & stencil project.  A real attention grabber.  It is created using the Aspen Trees Stencil and the Mini Iridescent sets Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall and Matte Ivory Black.  White Silk/Cotton Fabric is the base fabric,  in each panel I started painting in the background using the lightest color of the season, followed by the medium, then the darkest.  When the background was the way I wanted it, Blue Painters Tape was applied to the outside of the trees.  The Ivory Black was added to add definition and show off the trees.